Apprentice Journal: Along the Saint Croix
The first weekend in October, Apprentices packed up and departed on a three-day journey down the Saint Croix, with the help of instructors from Wilderness Inquiry. Along the way, they were asked to record their thoughts in a journal. This is what they wrote!
I had very much fun getting to go camping, sitting next to the camp fire. Man, it was cold.
I had fun. It was cold. I haven’t been camping in the cold before. It was a great experience and I would do it again any time. I went there with great people and seen some beautiful things.
It was a pretty long drive here. I fell asleep the entire way here. I found out putting up a tent isn’t as hard as I thought…I’m learning how to be away from the cities and big buildings have been replaced by tall, autumn turned-out trees. I sometimes can’t help but feel detached from humanity even if it’s only for a few days…Just the thoughts of canoeing on new unexplored waters is to die for.
– Bri :)
I had a great time camping out with them. Sitting around the camp fire on a cold day was great, everyone was having fun and joking around. Canoeing was great and exhausting. My arm was killing me, but I still had a good time. I enjoy canoeing and looking at nature and seeing nice houses…I was amazed how in the morning the river was fogging and looks like a scene from Jason vs. Freddy Kruger. Canoeing in the fog was cool.
To me the best moment was canoeing in fog. The worst moment was sleeping in the cold. I love the trip a lot.
Today was a good day, finally back from the camp trip and the thing I like most was just canoeing from Minnesota to Wisconsin. Also canoeing with fog everywhere. The thing I liked least about the trip was being cold at night and also we didn’t get to take a shower. But I got used to it. In conclusion, today was good and I have some good stories in my memories that I will never forget.
Give to the Max Day 2016
Mark your calendars! Give to the Max Day is on November 17, 2016. Give to the Max Day is a time-honored Minnesotan tradition — a celebration of the Midwestern spirit of giving! You might remember Urban Boatbuilders’ event last year, in which Apprentices and alumni led a kayak-build at our workshop. This year, we’re excited to present something new!
Over the next month we will be interviewing former Apprentices, asking one important question: How did your time at Urban Boatbuilders impact you? On Give to the Max Day, we will be sharing their responses with you in the form of videos on our website and social media. We hope you are inspired by their stories!
Please consider making a donation to Urban Boatbuilders on Give to the Max Day! GiveMN will allow you to schedule your gift beginning November 1, 2016. To visit our GiveMN page, please click here. You will be helping to leverage a dollar-for-dollar match from board and staff, and as an added incentive, Urban Boatbuilders will be giving away a kayak to one lucky donor! Your donation is your chance to win an awesome, youth-built boat.
Returning to Boys Totem Town: A Long-time Partner
This month, Urban Boatbuilders renewed its partnership with Boys Totem Town — a Ramsey County juvenile corrections facility. As Urban Boatbuilders’ oldest partnership, BTT has been through many programs and its students have built many styles of boats. Instructor Phil Winger commented, “It didn’t really matter what we built over the years as long as it engaged and challenged students. Our curriculum has changed, boats have changed — the one constant has been that they have an opportunity to have an alternative way to learn.”
Over four weeks and eight sessions, the four On the Job Trainees (OJT’s) this year are building a lapstrake Norwegian pram. During the build, they are trained on hand and power tools, as well as some integrated math and science skills that play a part in the boatbuilding process. By teaching skills that are relevant, the youth get invested in learning new concepts. Urban Boatbuilders deeply values this partnership and looks forward to seeing the progress youth make on their boats this term.